Festival Lab, South Bank
Cultural Forecourt, Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
12 March 2016
DESTINY: If there’s one thing we know for sure at KindaThinky, it’s that the future hasn’t happened yet. We also know 100% for sure that it will happen after now.
OK so that’s what we do know. What we don’t know is pretty much absolutely everything else.
We don’t know if the future will be full of fusion-powered flying cars and bio-implants that let us yack brain-to-brain, eliminating the need for all that gross mouth talking. We don’t know if we will all be living in a post-human, climate-ravaged dystopia where we have to eat each other’s legs just to stay alive.
But like you, we really want to know. Our most recent attempts to peek into humanity’s destiny involved us putting on our patent-pending KindaThinky Speculator 3000 PredictoPantstm. The results were…let’s say…inconclusive.
Fortunately for us, there are very clever people meeting in Brisbane in 2016, and they have some solid (even evidence-based!), ideas about tomorrow. And some of them even have super-smart ways of working out how confident we should be in those ideas (it all gets a bit meta very quickly). So we’re going to talk with a few of these clever folks on your behalf. Live. On stage. With beer.
So if you want to know what the experts think tomorrow has in store (and work out if you should believe ’em), join us as we cast the bones, re-arrange a few entrails and ponder our collective destiny.
What is KindaThinky?
The irreverent theme-driven talk show.
There’s more than one way to use a PhD, and this is some of them. KindaThinky rummages in the underpants of society’s hairiest issues. Who sets the limits? How do we know what’s wrong? Is denial just a river in Africa?
This is not your standard “smart folks bark facts at the masses” schtick. This is moderate velocity thinkings direct from the people who think them. With expert guests. And beer.
With a dedication that leaves no evidence-based stone unturned, KindaThinky unleashes a factopalanche of feelpinions on attractive and courageous* audiences.
Need something to talk about at work the next day? KindaThinky is your ticket to morning glory.
*You are attractive, you are courageous. Be all you can be. You’re worth it.
Meet the Speakers
Dr Rod Lamberts
is the deputy director of CPAS and has had a strong presence in national and international science communication research and practice for more than 12 years. Rod supervises research students across a large and diverse range of science communication research projects at the Honours, Masters and PhD levels and has been developing and delivering science communication courses since 2000.
He is also CPAS's science communication consultant for UNESCO in the Pacific Islands, and is regularly sought out to conduct research, evaluation and training projects across numerous areas of science communication in the government and higher education sectors. Co-host of KindaThinky.com.
Dr Will Grant
is a talker, writer, thinker and reader, based primarily at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU. His talking/writing/thinking/reading has focused mostly on the intersection of science, politics and society, and how this is changing in response to new technologies. Co-host of KindaThinky.com.